Outstanding beauty

The Norfolk Coast Partnership's Lucy Galvin tells us why this area's countryside and coast is so important... and fragile.

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the North Norfolk coast is protected by organisations – including the National Trust, RSPB and local councils – working together as the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

There's nowhere like the Norfolk Coast to get your perspective back, and - with nature in charge - feel your place in the scheme of things.

An abundance of calm, space, peace and air, as well as some of the wildest landscapes in the UK, are yours to enjoy.

The sea stretches right round the west, north and east of the Norfolk coast, keeping things wild – from saltmarsh, unspoilt since mediaeval times and a rarer global habitat than rainforest, to the slumped cliffs of the eastern coast around Trimingham, where myriad bugs and plants thrive.

The marine influence makes the climate warmer and moister, too; ferns flourish in hedgerows, and in the giant intertidal zone nature rules.

Vast flocks of waders and geese stop to feed here, on an international flyway stretching across the globe; and sometimes late autumn sees 'falls' of garden birds like robins, riding the wind to escape the bitter Scandinavian winter.

But it's so much more than marine. Beyond the beaches, dunes, cliffs and lagoons, the words of Dr Fuller nearly 200 years ago still ring true for the Norfolk Coast area of outstanding natural beauty: 'All England may be carved out of Norfolk, for here are fens and heaths, light and deep, sandy and clay grounds, meadow lands and pastures, arable and woodlands'.

Wild north Norfolk woods by Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Head away from the busy coast and you'll be rewarded. From heath and mire to woodland and river valley, from reedbeds and grazing marsh to farmland, inland is a fascinating place to explore.

Try our popular set of 'Explore More' walks and bike rides exploring the best-kept secrets of the area: full of tips on what to see, inside information on where to eat, and how to get there by bus or train. Snettisham, Sedgeford, Barrow Common, Binham, Cley via Glandford, Holt, Bodham, Overstrand, Mundesley and Sea Palling are all places where you can really get away from the crowds.

Whether fishing, farming, foresting, or simply having fun, humans have long lived as part of the natural world on the coast. Let it work its magic on you as well, and remember - you are part of this beauty.

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